Chemical Inventory System (UC Chemicals)

UC Chemicals is the application available to help you manage your chemical inventory.

It's Necessary to Maintain an Accurate Chemical Inventory
Certify and Validate your inventory by Jan. 15, annually.


How does a PI set up a new Chemicals account? How do I switch between Chemical inventories?

Materials That Need to be Inventoried in UC Chemicals

All solid and liquid hazardous chemicals and mixtures in quantities of greater than or equal to 1 gm or 1 ml, and any amount of:


Safety Services provides support for UC Chemicals to anyone managing a chemical inventory (Hazard Communication and other):

  • Granting user access to UC Chemicals (mobile and web-based)
  • Providing technical assistance related to your chemical inventory management
  • Training users on accessing and using UC Chemicals
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) barcodes (ChemTags) - Available through Safety Services Business Office

Chemicals meets the CalEPA requirement to begin using the internet to file required Unified Program information and additionally assists UC in compliance with Federal and State regulations.

Step-by-Step Guides

These topic-based guides will assist with MOST functions in Chemicals. If you have questions or need something clarified, please email

  1. Setting up your Chemicals account
  2. Adding to your chemical inventory
  3. Reassigning a container
  4. Creating a sublocation
  5. Editing a sublocation
  6. Editing a chemical container
  7. Deleting a chemical container
  8. Transfer a container to another user

Reconciling Chemicals

Online Video Tutorials

UCLA EH&S YouTube Channel features:

  • Searching for chemicals
  • Transferring chemicals
  • Adding chemicals
  • And other tutorials…

Additional Resources:

  • Getting Started & FAQs
  • Setting Up Your Inventory
  • Chemicals Glossary
  • Chemicals Inventory Roles and Permissions

View and Download All Guides

Purchasing a Departmental Scanner

The ChemTag team uses two types of scanners for our operations: an RFID reader and a barcode scanner.

RFID Reader

The ALR-H450 by Alien Technology is an RFID reader that can read and process our RFID tags. This device is used to quickly and efficiently reconcile inventory. In addition to scanning RFID tags, the device is also able to connect to other devices, via Bluetooth to transfer reconciliation files.

Barcode Scanners

There are two different types of barcode scanners we use to scan QR codes on container and sublocation tags.
1. The PowerScan PD9531 by Datalogic is a handheld, corded 2D barcode scanner that can scan QR codes and connects to a computer via USB-A.

2. The PowerScan PBT9500 by Datalogic is a mobile, Bluetooth scanner. It has the same features of the PowerScan PD9531 without the restraint of the cord. The cradle (bottom part) of the device connects to the computer via USB-A cord, but the scanner is cordless.

Helpful Features of UC Chemicals:

  • Multiple Account Users;
  • Access to a large chemical library;
  • Convenient user-friendly mobile- and web-based interface;
  • Create room hazard signs based on chemical inventory hazards;
  • CERS compatible; and
  • Future integration with UC EH&S Technology programs, including a standard operating procedure library and fire safety tools.